suzanne ciani

Suzanne Ciani…

I am a synthesizer man. I love machines that go PING! And I adore babes on synths …. twisting knobs, patching chords and pressing keys with their shiny red nails …. especially Suzanne Ciani. She’s a rare electronic musician guru and genius.

She uses every synth made by humanoids, especially the Synclavier which was the world’s most powerful and most expensive synth/sampler/workstation from the late 70′s through the mid 90′s, made by New England Digital.

Synclavier System…

Synclavier’s base price started around US$200,000. The system was expandable to infinity and costs would reach tens of millions of dollars. In 1985, Synclavier could sample at rate of 150-KHz, 16-bit, stereo. It’s mainframe was super-computer UNIX system. Other features included: light-pen for touch screen, lots of red-lit buttons, blinking lights, large LED screen, hard disk recorders, waveform software, multiple i/o’s, synth oscillators (FM), optical re-write laser disk storage, slip differential, oozie, ammunition, stealth power, radar, sonar, one round knob, and more.

As a matter of fact, NASA used Synclavier systems, because it was THE most advanced and powerful super-computer in the world at that time (1980′s) ….. to launch space-shuttles, not music careers!

Read specs of Synclavier here.

Artists/producers who used Synclavier:

  • Trevor Horn
  • Sting
  • Phil Collins
  • Lauri Anderson
  • Frank Zappa
  • Peter Gabriel
  • Herbie Hancock
  • John Tesh
  • Depeche Mode
  • Thompson Twins
  • Tears For Fears
  • Michael Jackson (Bad album was 90% Synclavier sounds)
  • Grace Jones (the entire Slave To The Rhythm LP)
  • Frankie Goes To Hollywood
  • and countless of other big names

Oscar-winner sound-designer Gary Rydstorm (Skywalker Sound, Lucas Entertainment, Pixar) used (and still uses) the Synclavier in making epic sound effects for movies such as Saving Private Ryan, Minority Report and all the unforgettable T-Rex sounds in Jurassic park.

Synclaiver is the most extraordinary machine that produced the most incredible sounds the world has ever heard.

Synclavier.II

Synclavier II System

Synclavier Waveterm monitor and computer interface.

Synclavier Waveterm monitor and computer interface.

synclavier9600

Synclavier 9600 system, circa 1991/1992, with two huge mainframes which host UNIX computer parts, CPU's, RAM, several hard-drives, multiple i/o's, DSP cards and more.

Showdown of several Synclavier systems, possibly conjoined together as one big super-computer, with monitors and several Synclavier keyboard controllers.

Showdown of several Synclavier systems, possibly conjoined together as one big super-computer, with monitors and several Synclavier keyboard controllers.

Freeez…

Title: I.O.U. (I Dub You)
Year: 1983
Genre: Classic Electro Synth Dance
Comment: Produced and remixed by Arthur Baker (see picture below)

Freeez – “I.O.U.” (I Dub You) (mp3)

 

Yarbrough & Peoples…

Title: I Wouldn’t Lie To You (Extended Version)
Year: 1986
Genre: Electronic Dance R&B, Synth Bassline Groove-Driving

Yarbrough & Peoples – “I Wouldn’t Lie To You” (Extended Version) (mp3)

 

Wuf Ticket…

Title: The Key (Dub 12-inch)
Year: 1983
Genre: Super Bad-Ass Electric Dance Funk Bassline, Vocoder, Synth-Stabbin’, Dub Echoe, Fierce SonOfaBitch

Wuf Ticket – “The Key” (Dub 12-inch) (mp3)

 

D-Train…

Title: You’re The One For Me (Vocal 12″)
Year: 1981
Genre: Bad-Ass Dance Electric Funk, Bassline Punchin’, Synth-Stabbin’

D-Train – “You’re The One For Me” (Vocal 12″) (mp3)

 

Hashmoder Presents 002: Linx & Madness

Linx…

Title: Intuition
Year: 1981
Genre: Black British R&B Pop

Links – “Intuition” (mp3)

 

Madness…

Title: Baggy Trousers
Year: 1980
Genre: Ska
Comment: You may know their 1978/79 stuff, such as “One Step Beyond” and “The Prince”. You should know their 1983 international smash hit “Our House (In the Middle Of The Street).” Baggy Trousers is another one of their hits known mostly in Europe but hardly in North America.

Madness – “Baggy Trousers” (mp3)

 

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I’m trying out a new format:

  1. First, I’ll pick two rare records from my vinyl collection.
  2. Second, I’ll record my voice through the vocoder, “Presented by Hashmoder.”
  3. Third, I’ll record the two records straight to MP3. Simple, quick and fierce. This way I can post blogs on Schitz more quickly and to the point.

From the private stash of my awesome vinyl collection, I present to you Chubb Rock and Fats Comet, below:

Chubb Rock…

Title: Ya Bad Chubbs (Cribs Mix)
Remixed by: Howie Tee
Year: 1989
Genre: House

Chubb Rock – “Ya Bad Chubbs” (Crib Mix) (mp3)

 

Doug Wimbish (featuring Fats Comet)…

Title: Don’t Forget That Beat
Year: 1985
Genre: Electronic Funk Drumbeat Industrial
Comment: Doug Wimbish is one bad-ass bassist. He collaborated with Fats Comet on this track. Both are from the UK. Their sound is like Art Of Noise meets Africa Bambaattaa meets Ministry (of 1985 sound).

Doug Wimbish [featuring Fats Comet] – Don’t Forget That Beat (mp3)

 

Drinking Is A Lot Like Yoga

  • The following was sent to me in an email, and I just had to blog it.

Research confirms that drinking gives you the same benefits yoga does:

Balasana…

Position that brings the sensation of peace and calm.

Setu Bandha Sarvangasana…

This position calms the brain and heals tired legs.

Marjayasana…

Position stimulates the midriff area and the spinal column.

Halasana…

Excellent for back pain and insomnia.

Dolphin…

Excellent for the shoulder area, thorax, legs and arms.

Salambhasana…

Great exercise to stimulate the lumbar area, legs and arms.

Ananda Balasana…

This position is great for massaging the hip area.

Malasana…

This position is for ankles and back muscles.

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James Brown Magic

James Brown – Living In America (1985 Mix)

James Brown – Living In America (1985 Mix) (mp3)

 

James Brown – Living In America (Extended Dance)

James Brown – Living In America (Extended Dance) (mp3)

 

James Brown – Living In America (Dubstramental)

James Brown – Living In America (Dubstramental) (mp3)

 

James Brown – Funky Drummer (Bonus Beats)

James Brown – Funky Drummer (Bonus Beats) (mp3)

 

James Brown – Funky Drummer (In The Jungle 9-Min Version)

James Brown – Funky Drummer (In The Jungle 9-Min Version) (mp3)

 

Personal History…

Summer 1984 … 13 years old … by listening to Eddie Murphy‘s stand-up comedy tape Delirious, I’ve learned about James Brown for the first time.

Watch the video clip here.

Summer 1985 … 14 years old … the only thing I knew about James Brown is what Eddie said … but I still haven’t heard any of his music.

Fall 1985, Toronto, Canada … I went to see Rocky-IV movie.

Let’s go back to that night in the movie theatre … below is the scene that I’m currently watching in 1985:

What a way to expose me to James Brown music for the first time … LIVING IN AMERICA. The electric funk blew the sandals off my feet.

I didn’t hesitate to leave the movie theatre right after that scene (half-way through the movie) and ran to Starsound record store, looking for the 12-inch of that track. I was screaming out loud, “LIVING IN A AMERICAAAAAAAA, AMERICAAAAA,” like Eddie’s comic tale ice screeeeeaaaam.

Some dude understood me and pointed to the wall. And there it was … the very same one which I’m holding in my hand (pictured above).

12-inch vinyl cover of Living In America

James Brown In The Jungle Groove…

The most famous and most sampled funky track is Funky Drummer.

I am proving all you people with two original hi-rez source files (top of this page) to comprehend and pay respect to the man who brought you such killer track which spawned loop-sampling to be where it’s at today. Where would D&B and other genres be today if there was no Funky Drummer!?!

I say go out and buy this rare, full album! I shit you not, it’s the funkiest masterpiece ever. So much to sample from … especially the horn stabs and hits.

Front cover of James Brown In The Jungle Groove

Me and the vintage 1983 keytar (Yamaha KX-1 controller)

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